Thursday, February 5

Today is Thursday of WEEK 4. If you have not turned in your Week 3 Project assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit. Thursday morning until noon is also the grace period if you did not finish the Storytelling that was due on Wednesday — and if you missed them, here's a link to Wednesday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack Update. I'm still working on the Project assignments turned in on Sunday; if you turned in your Project assignment by Sunday at 9PM you should have comments back from me. I hope to finish the rest of the assignments turned in on Sunday today, and then on Friday I'll get to the assignments that were turned in during the Monday grace period and later this week. You can check the stack to make sure I have received your assignment!

Blog commenting. After the grace period ends at noon today, I'll start putting together the new random blog groups for the blog commenting. I'll get that done this afternoon and will update these announcements when the groups are ready to go — the blog groups should be ready by 6PM at the latest.
Update: The comment groups are now set up and ready to go! :-)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Let's eat Grandma! Yes, people, punctuation saves lives!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is PUNCH, from Sanskrit and Hindi pancha, meaning "five," referring to the five ingredients in punch. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Janaki's Journal: Sita's Story in Her Own Words. After Sita returns to the earth, her twin sons find her journal, and it relates the story of their mother's life as they had never heard it told before.

FREE eBook: The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which contains familiar stories like "The Ugly Duckling, " along with some stories that are probably new to you, like the fabulous story of the African hero Makoma.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The dog in the manger would not let the horse eat hay or eat it himself (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The "dog in the manger" is also famous as an Aesop's fable.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Ahalya. You can see her emerging from her prison of stone when Rama arrives.

Thursday Event on Campus: There will be free popcorn in the first floor lobby of the Union, from 11:30AM until 1PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 5: Inayat Khan. Today, February 5, marks the anniversary of the death of the great Indian Sufi, Inayat Khan, in the year 1927. Inayat Khan's teachings centered on Tawhid, or unity, as in the ten pronouncements on unity which you can read about in this Wikipedia article; here are the first three principles of unity: There is One God, the Eternal, the Only Being; None exists save He. ... There is One Master, the Guiding Spirit of all souls, Who constantly leads all followers toward the Light. ... There is One Holy Book, the Sacred Manuscript of Nature, the only Scripture that can enlighten the reader. Inayat Khan was also trained as a music master, and in addition to sharing a knowledge of Sufism with the West, he also spread a knowledge of traditional Indian musical forms:

Here is a short video where you can learn about Inayat's life and career:

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.